Saturday| July 1, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte is considered as one of the most controversial president in history.
His iron fisted rule and foul-mouth created so much controversies that made him criticized by his political enemies.
But despite of the controversies that he faced, the Duterte continued his job as President and many of his fans considered that he really performed well during his first year as the leader of the Philippines.
We listed some of the notable things achieved by the Duterte administration for one year.
NOTE: This is a developing story and the achievement listed in this article may increase.
2,440 kilos of shabu with a street value of P12.6-B confiscated by the authorities
63,926 Anti-Drug operations Conducted
86,933 drug personalities arrested
1,308,078 drug users and pushers surrendered
3,200 drug personalities who died in anti-drug operation.
300 government workers arrested in Anti-Drug Operations (142 government employees, 135 elected officials and 23 uniformed personnel)
159 dismantled dens and clandestine laboratories
Crime rate down
82% of Metro Manila residents feel safer because of war against illegal drugs.
Releasing the names of hundreds of public officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs
Mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Nueva Ecija built
To prevent drug trade inside the Bilibid Prison, PNP Special Action Forces (SAF) deployed to guard the national penitentiary
President Rodrigo Duterte signed executive order no 6. on oct 14,2016 which instutionalized the 8888 Citizen’s Complaint Hotline and Complaint Center.
911 National Emergency Hotline launched nationwide.
Implementing Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch.
Duterte secured some $35-B in trade and aid privileges from his visit in other countries (21 trips, 17 countries)
Increasing the rates of Combat Duty Pay and Combant Incentive pay of the AFP and extending the same allowances to the PNP.
Providing for the establishment and support of drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation centers throughout the Philippines.
Forming Bangsamoro Transition Commission
Peace talks with NDF-CPP-NPA
Strengthening the fight against illegal gambling
Changing the name of Benham Rise to Philippine Rise
Implementing Smoking Ban in public places nationwide.
Free Irrigation for farmers
Implementation of firecrackers ban
Establishing One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) in 15 provinces.
Manila International Container Port surpasses revenue target and was able to collect P12.032-B
10-point socio-economic agenda presented to business groups
17 major projects approved by NEDA worth P392,931.51-M
Bureau of Internal revenue begins simplification of the processing tax clearances and certificates to 3 to 5 days. Also added other payment options to encourage tax payment
DOLE offered package of services to Filipino workers repatriated under the Saudi amnesty program.
Government sets up P1-B fund to end the 5-6 money lending system.
No travel tax, terminal fees for Overseas Filipino Workers.
Establishing premium airport bus service.
No reports of infamous ‘laglag bala’ since start of Duterte administration.
3-day maximum processing time for Maritime Industry Authority applications implemented.
Trust ratings of the people to the soldiers reached 75% (highest since 1988)
Several members of Abu Sayaff surrendered to the military
Maute Terrorist Group death toll reached 429
Duterte allocated P20-B to rehabilitate Marawi City.
No human rights abuses reported under Mindanao martial law
Philippines received P590-M worh of military equipment from China to help in fight the ISIS-inspired terrorits.
Free tuition fee in all state universities and colleges.
DOLE to open bank for Overseas Filipino Workers.
Duterte gives P100-M to benefit Philippine General Hospital (PGH) patients.
Duterte allocated P2-B to provide free medicine for the poor families.
Government gives P500-M for state-of-the-art military equipment and a new building for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) medical center
Duterte allocates P2-B for the victims of magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Surigao Del Norte.
Philippines ranked as 10th fastest growing economy in the world
Duterte still enjoying high trust ratings.
DepEd, Korea ink MOA to teach Filipino high school students of Korean language.
Ordered 23 mining companies to stop their operation.
Miss Universe Pageant held in the Philippines
Tourist arrivals increased.
Half of 8,000 target Yolanda families transferred to their new homes in Tacloban.
PAGCOR reveals 17 percent increase in gaming revenues.
Despite of the achievements of the Duterte administration, some members of the opposition expressed their disappointment and gave the President a low grade for his first year.
Senator Risa Hontiveros labeled President Duterte’s presidency as ‘dangerous year to be a woman’ and she also said that the first year of the current administration ‘marked by a colossal human rights crisis”.
She said that 2017 ‘is a year of national grieving’ because of the alleged extrajudicial killings committed by the current administration against criminals.
Senator Leila De Lima labeled President Duterte’s first year in office as full of lies and fake news.
“Isang taong mga kasinungalingan. Isang taong panggigipit. Isang taong pagmumura at pambabastos. Isang taong mga pangakong napako. Lalo na yung mga kasinungalingan. Fake cases. Lalo na itong mga paratang sa akin. Fake cases, fake news,” she said.
But several allies of President Duterte gave him a high grade.
Senate President Koko Pimentel given President Duterte a grade of 8.5 to nine for his performance in his first year in office.
Senator Tito Sotto also gave Duterte a high grade and he said that the President deserved an 8 out of 10 grade for addressing the problem against illegal drugs.